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On Saturday, August 6, the fourth round of the Russian Premier League (RPL) starts. Will Spartak, along with CSKA and Zenit, continue their unbeaten streak and is it worth waiting for new anti-record attendance – in the material “RBC Sport”

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Ural – Spartak

August 6, 15:00

Central Stadium (Yekaterinburg)

Central Stadium (Yekaterinburg)

Central Stadium (Yekaterinburg)

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In the match of the third round of the Russian Premier League, Ural hosted Krasnodar (1:3). The defeat of the team of Igor Shalimov at the stadium was watched by only about three thousand people with a capacity of 35 thousand arenas.

After the match, the President of the Urals Grigory Ivanov accused Fan ID in such a modest attendance. “Look at the numbers of the match with Krasnodar, and then our home games before the introduction of Fan ID and draw your own conclusions. Just compare everything, everything is already clear there, ”said the president of the club.

The match with the Krasnodar team was the first for the stadium in Yekaterinburg, where the Fan ID system was introduced. The system has also been launched at the Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov, Solidarity Samara and Fisht arenas, where Pari Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov, Krylya Sovetov and Sochi play, respectively. All of these stadiums hosted the 2018 World Cup matches where the Fan ID system was used.

This time, Ural’s rival is more status-minded, Spartak is approaching the match as one of the championship leaders along with CSKA and Zenit. In the last round, Muscovites defeated Orenburg with a score of 4: 1, Christopher Martins, Alexander Sobolev and Quincy Promes, who scored a double, scored goals in the Red-Whites. The Dutchman also has two assists.

Ural, in turn, fails the start of the new season. Three defeats in the first three rounds of the championship (CSKA 0:2, Orenburg 0:3 and Krasnodar 1:3). Before the start of the fourth round, the team is at the bottom of the standings.

The best coach at the start of the season

CSKA – Fakel

August 6, 17:30

VEB Arena (Moscow)

Vladimir Fedotov

Vladimir Fedotov

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CSKA under new head coach Vladimir Fedotov scored a good move – seven points after three matches. The success of the specialist was appreciated not only by the fans of the “army”, but also by the Russian Premier League. According to the results of July, Fedotov was recognized as the coach of the month.

In the last round, Muscovites could easily win a third victory in a row. After the first half in the match against Paris Nizhny Novgorod, CSKA was leading 2-0, but in the second half of the meeting, striker Timur Suleimanov scored a double and equalized the score.

Fakel, in turn, had to win back in the third round match against Dynamo. For fans of the Voronezh club, this meeting was a milestone, the Central Stadium of Trade Unions hosted a Premier League match for the first time in 20 years.

The Fakel players did not disappoint their fans, in a dramatic match in their intensity, the Voronezh team pulled out a draw in the last minutes. The meeting ended with the score 3:3.

The youngest team of the championship against the crisis Lokomotiv

Krasnodar – Lokomotiv

August 6, 20:00

Stadium Krasnodar

Eduard Spertsyan

Eduard Spertsyan

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The central match of the fourth round will be held in Krasnodar. Sergei Galitsky’s team will host Lokomotiv Moscow. The Red-Greens are coming into the match in not the best condition, taking 14th place in the standings and having only two points in their assets.

In addition, the French midfielder Alexis Beka-Beka left the team, the player moved to the Cote d’Azur in Nice for € 12 million. This season is a record transfer “out”.

Muscovites do not forget about strengthening the squad, Lokomotiv this summer signed a contract with forward Ivan Ignatiev, a graduate of Krasnodar. For him, the match with his native team will be a great chance to prove himself.

Krasnodar is in the middle of the standings, putting only four points into their piggy bank. The main leader of the “bulls” this season was the 22-year-old midfielder Eduard Spertsyan, the player has already scored four goals. Three of them were scored from penalties.

At the start of the season, Krasnodar still cannot boast of good results, but the club is counting on the progress of the youth. Southerners are the youngest team in the championship in terms of the average age of players (23.1 years).

Akhmat – Zenit

August 6, 20:00

Akhmat Arena (Grozny)

Zenit – Akhmat

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The current champion of Russia “Zenith” again returned to the first line of the standings. Despite the equality of points with CSKA and Spartak, St. Petersburg are leading in additional indicators.

Sergey Semak’s team only misfired in the first round (draw with Khimki 1:1). In the next two rounds, the forces of Zenit attackers defeated Wings of the Soviets (3:0) and Lokomotiv (5:0). Akhmat currently occupies only the eighth line of the standings with four points in its asset.

One of the main trump cards in the match with Zenit for the hosts can be the top scorer of the last RPL season Hamid Agalarov. Akhmat newcomer has already managed to score in his debut game in the second round against Fakel, appearing on the field only after the first half.

Last season, the teams played two matches among themselves in the framework of the Russian championship, both times the victory went to the players of Zenit. In St. Petersburg, the hosts won with a score of 3:1, and in Grozny they won with a score of 2:0.

Wings of the Soviets – Dynamo

August 7, 17:30

Solidarity Arena (Samara)

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Dynamo – Wings of the Soviets

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Dynamo, which failed to keep the victory over Fakel in the last round, goes to the next away match. This time on a visit to the Wings of the Soviets. The Blue-and-Whites picked up a good pace at the start of the season, two scoring draws with Rostov (1:1) and Fakel (3:3), as well as a crushing victory in the derby with Torpedo (4:0).

Forward Fedor Smolov became the main attacking force of Dynamo in the new season. The team leader scored four goals and shares the lead in the scorer race with Krasnodar’s Eduard Spertsyan.

“Wings” could not fly high after three rounds of the RPL. Igor Oskin’s team is 10th in the standings. After a scoring extravaganza in the first round with “Orenburg” (victory with a score of 4:2), followed by a defeat from “Zenith” (0:3) and a draw with “Torpedo” (1:1).

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